Microsoft announced this morning that, beginning on June 9th in all markets where Xbox One is sold, it will offer Xbox One starting at $399. Why the lower price? Because this new retail option does not include the Kinect sensor. Microsoft promises that you'll still be able to access all your favorite games such as "Titanfall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3 and upcoming games like Watch Dogs, Destiny and Sunset Overdrive." All the entertainment apps will still be accessible as well including "Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide."
Xbox One features such as "the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments" will also work without using a Kinect.
Obviously this is great news for those who have waited to buy an Xbox One but wanted an option not to buy the Kinect with it. Of course it probably makes those who were forced to buy an Xbox One with a Kinect bundled in a little bit mad.
Obviously you can't use your Kinect sensor from your Xbox 360 on your Xbox One; according to the official Xbox 360 compatibility FAQ the Kinect that was bundled with Xbox One is a different animal.
"The new Kinect for Xbox One features a 1080p camera and is designed to accommodate smaller play spaces than its Xbox 360 predecessor. It also features a 1:1 movement ratio with little to no lag."
It will be interesting to see if the used market will get a bump from this new bundle. Oh, and you won't be able to buy the Kinect on its own until the fall…